That is to say, when I was developing the scene, I had the heroine ask if anyone died in an attack -- an attack not on stage for special reasons -- and had the captain of the guard say that two had.
So, do they or do they not die?
I fooled about with this a while. Since they will have no impact on the story, alive or dead, it only really matters for tone. But it does matter there, establishing how high the conflict can go. . . .
Dead, I think. I went back and put it in, with shrouds and coffins.